Description Welded-steel sculpture, imaginary character (sold)Signed 'JlL' (JL Lacroix) at the bottom. Certificate of authenticity.Emergent French artist from Paris.Listed on ArtPrice and Akoun guides.Exhibits in galleries (France and Brazil).
Jean-Luc Lacroix, Paris Member Since April 2016 Artist Statement Jean-Luc Lacroix or the art that repairs
One recognizes a genuine creator, because his style, his signature are a permanent rewriting of the highlights of his life. JL Lacroix is a poet who likes to thwart the rhyme: lock with sculpture, pulley and embroidery, nail wheel lock nut... gem!
RecupArt is a sign of our times, but Jean-Luc Lacroix was already confronted with it when he was a child. His great-grandfather was a collector, at times a scrapper, slasher, junkman and antiquarian. He had also been a horseshoer. Therefore the artist was quite young as he came in contact with the arts of fire.
Today, Jean-Luc Lacroix finds his raw material in second hand goods or in a detour of a stroll in the forest. But the recovered material has meaning only through the total transformation that is happening in the heart of the workshop: furniture and sculptures receive care and finishes which are totally forgetting the state of filth and defilation of the original material. Each work can be manipulated as the most innocuous objects, even though it is often a mere scrap at the outset.
Jean-Luc Lacroix has this gift to see behind the articles the most common or trivial, under patina or dirt, the promise of a balanced and harmonious work. One of the claims of Baudelaire was to extract the beauty of an insignificant life. Like him, Jean-Luc Lacroix searches for a transmutation of the object and of the material, an alchemy of the real.
His first creative approaches are dating back to childhood: more in thinking than doing, he paints and draws for himself, then for others. He becomes a graphic designer and illustrator, notably in the field of fantasy.
When we admire a sculpture of this artist, we quickly identify a character, an animal, we are touched by the kindness in his treatment, we smile at the breathtaking symbolic or humorous meaning which animates and makes us recognize the object.